An Essex airport chief has said that new regulations being brought in to stop coronavirus transmission from air travellers don’t go far enough.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from next week, a traveller must record a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before arriving in the UK.
However, London Southend Airport’s CEO Glyn Jones has said that this new move isn’t enough to stop Covid-19 transmissions coming into the UK.
Mr Jones said: “Ensuring a negative test for arrivals to the UK is half the solution, we need to test before travel for all, whether departing or arriving.
“A consistent approach across Europe would allow protection of all borders whilst preventing further spread.
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“The Government must protect UK citizens and ensure people can travel with confidence as and when lockdowns are lifted.”
It’s been a difficult time for London Southend Airport.
In 2020, easyJet announced that they would be shutting down its base, as well as shutting their base at London Stansted Airport.
New regulations being brought in next week hope to instil the public with the confidence to travel again.
It follows a year of travel bans, with UK residents stranded abroad as country’s shut borders.
If someone arriving into the UK hasn’t tested negative within the past 72 hours, they will be fined £500.
However, there are exemptions for children under the age of 11, hauliers and for people travelling from countries without the infrastructure to deliver rapid testing.
Travellers from countries not on the UK government’s travel corridor must still quarantine upon arrival.